Divorce in Sarasota, Florida

Divorce is a big step.  One of the biggest fears about divorce is the “unknown.” Will I get to see my kids? Will I be able to move? What will happen to my finances? How much will it cost?

Knowledge is the best way to fight the fear of the unknown. My goal with this website is to provide you with important information about divorce in Florida.

It also helps to have a plan.  Start by dividing the divorce process into manageable issues.  Then write down your goals:  what outcomes do you want, and how will you get there.

One “tip” is to think about divorce issues in the same order as a judge would during a trial:  Parenting, Equitable Distribution, Alimony, Child Support, and Everything Else.  (It spells out PEACE, so it is easy to remember).

Choosing the right divorce process makes a huge difference in achieving your goals.  Before jumping straight to a litigation mindset, I encourage you to think about the total picture in your divorce.  Do your goals include values and outcomes that are not suited for confrontational litigation tactics.

Contested litigation puts almost 100% of the focus on how much you get, versus how much the other side gets.  The emphasis is on winning and losing, and “wins” are usually determined using someone else’s yardstick for measuring victory.

Alternatives to contested litigation, like Collaborative Divorce, provide so many more creative options.  The emphasis is on a fair but peaceful outcome, and your goals and values determine what a good outcome looks like.

For example, do you want your children to be excited about having both of their divorced parents attending the same school event?  That can be a goal in a Collaborative Divorce.  Do you want to continue to be business partners with your spouse after the divorce?  That can be a goal in a Collaborative Divorce.

I want to be clear, sometimes contested litigation is the only option.  However, I encourage you to consider every other option first.

Collaborative Divorce

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Alimony

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Child Custody

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Division of Assets and Debts

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